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State Department spokesman Ned Price said Monday that the United States was “in a stronger position as a country” today because of President Biden’s decision to withdraw from Afghanistan. one year ago.
Many viewed the US withdrawal from Afghanistan as a disaster after the nation’s capital quickly fell to the Taliban despite Biden’s reassurance, and thousands of US citizens and allies were stranded or rushed out of the country. safely. Still, Price went on to claim the effort was a success at a press conference.
“Many of us here in the department and across government, along with millions of Americans and Afghans, are aware of the significance of today as the 20-year U.S. military mission in Afghanistan ended almost a year ago,” Price said.
He continued, “Ending the longest war in American history was never going to be easy, but a year later we are in a stronger position as a country thanks to the President’s decision, better to even to focus on the threats and the challenges, but also on the opportunities of today.”
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Price further asserted that the recent assassination of al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahri in Afghanistan proves that the withdrawal has been beneficial and that the United States is properly helping its Middle Eastern allies.
He promised that the United States “will stand with our Afghan allies and their families in resettling tens of thousands of them here in the United States, demonstrating the best of the generosity of the American people, and we will continue to welcome our Afghan allies in the weeks and months to come. We will also continue to support the Afghan people through difficult economic times as the largest donor of humanitarian assistance to the Afghan people.
“We have demonstrated that we are capable of fulfilling our enduring commitments to the Afghan people using the various diplomatic tools at our disposal and with the exceptional assistance of our partners such as Qatar, the United Arab Emirates and our European and other allies.” , did he declare.
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“Of course, the international community will continue to expect the Taliban to deliver on the commitments they made to the Afghan people in key areas,” Price said.
He pointed out that with the withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan, the United States is now free to focus on threats from Russia, China and climate change.
“We can meet all of these challenges without putting our military at risk in an open-ended military engagement. The same goes for our partners, including NATO, which is now more determined than ever in the face of Russian aggression against Ukraine. ,” he said. “As a result, we are able to focus our resources to meet new global challenges, confront Russian aggression, manage competition with the PRC, address common challenges like Covid-19 and climate change, and seize the opportunities in the Indo-Pacific among other regions.”
“For the first time in nearly 20 years, our forces are not at risk in Afghanistan and we are fully focused on the challenges and opportunities that define the 21st century,” Price concluded before taking questions.
On the last day of the United States in Afghanistan, August 31, 2021, Biden called the withdrawal, which saw 13 US military personnel killed in a bombing and countless civilians dead in the chaos, an “extraordinary success.” .
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Biden’s poll numbers quickly plummeted after the Afghanistan pullout and has yet to recover.